Erika Reineke dominates at Enoshima Olympic Week
Published on October 29th, 2017
An approaching typhoon delivered stormy conditions for Enoshima Olympic Week on October 27 to 29, held at the sailing venue to be used for the Tokyo 2020 Games in Fujisawa, Japan. The event attracted 234 entrants from nine of the ten Olympic sailing events, with Erika Reineke (USA) dominating the 52-boat Laser Radial fleet and Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea (USA) finishing just off the podium in the 12-boat 49erFX fleet.
“I’m happy to come away with gold here in Enoshima, and hopefully in three years I can repeat that,” said Reineke. “I think Enoshima is an awesome venue. There’s great food, nice people, and it’s a fun surfer town. The fact that the venue is on an island is kinda cool; it’s very secluded. The sailing conditions can be hard, and it reminds me of the Charles River in Boston where I did a lot of sailing for Boston College.”
“We came to Japan hoping to get mentally comfortable with Enoshima, to continue a long and thorough process of studying the 2020 sailing venue, and to get some high-quality racing in,” reports Malcolm Page, two-time gold medalist and Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “I would say that all three goals of our trip have been met.”
North American results:
• USA: Chris Barnard (Laser, 19/54), Erik Bowers (Laser, 25/54), Erika Reineke (Laser Radial, 1/52), Judge Ryan/ Hans Henken (49er, 12/18), Stephanie Roble/ Maggie Shea (49erFX, 4/12), Kate Shaner/ Helena Scutt (49erFX, 10/12), Stu McNay/ David Hughes (470M, 8th)
• Canada: Robert Davis (Laser, 18/54).